We're so excited to be back!

We've implemented health and hygiene procedures so that everyone can safely shop as soon. Just a few quick guidelines:

  • Everyone over the age of 2 - wear a mask, please!
  • 50% store capacity, and browsing for 10-15 minutes.
  • Please practice social distancing, and supervise your kids - no sitting or reading.
  • Limit touching books as much as possible - our staff can help you out if you need!

If you're buying online, December 14th is the cutoff for Christmas - it may take longer if the book is backordered, so double check if it's urgent!

Park Slope
1111 8th Av. Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Seven days a week from 11-6pm
email brittany@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

28 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Seven days a week from 10-7pm
email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Industry City (new location)
220 36th St., Building #2, Brooklyn, NY 11232 - Seven days a week from 10-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!
- Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany


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We’re LIVE with a brand new online site for the Covid-19 era!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve finally arrived in the modern, post(ish)-pandemic era: our Brooklyn indie stores in Dumbo and south Park Slope—POWERHOUSE Arena and POWERHOUSE on 8th—can now ship any book or bookstore item from the source directly to your door. Powered by IndieCommerce, please welcome www.powerhousebookstores.com.

We're a small family-run business, and have been stubbornly proud of our sole focus on the curated shopping experience, the engaging and thought-provoking programming, and slightly idiosyncratic way we’ve gone about bringing a bookstore into the areas of Brooklyn that have played important roles in our lives: Dumbo and Park Slope.

But Covid-19 has changed everything, and like all of you we do not know how, when, or even if things will return to the way they used to be. The future? Maybe it will be masks and 50% capacity.  Maybe it will be by appointment.  But one thing for sure: online is where lives will be going, for better or for worse.

With that acceptance, we decided to bring a new capability to our approach to books and gifts, and we think this is a good 1.0 start. A lot of hard work has been done by our small bookseller and design team to get this new venture ready over the past few weeks: now you can use this IndieCommerce-powered site to order any book or gift item your heart desires, for you or for any loved  one—or even moderately tolerated person—anywhere in the world, by mail or by pickup.

We will be bringing our own curated items to this site regularly, so we hope you will stick with us; we appreciate your business and we will be here as long as you are here. 

With fortitude and grace,
Susanne & Daniel

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Newsletter Pop-up photo: From Back in the Days by Jamel Shabazz, published by powerHouse Books.